A New York Times article on computers playing poker heads up against humans opens with
For anyone stuck on a casino stool, playing hours of video poker, rest assured: humans can still beat a computer.
Um, well first of all, video poker is quite different from the heads up Texas Holdem the entire article is about. Significatly different from an artificial intelligence standpoint. Second, as far as I know, video poker machines have payoffs for an optimal strategy which are usually right around equal payoff and hourly wages you’d get from playing this strategy are pretty pathetic even for the machines with greater than even payoff. Since the majority of players are probably far from an optimal strategy, I’d guess video poker is quite the cash cow for the casinos.
But I wonder, when computers finally are able to beat humans at a poker (okay, some will say, “never!” I will say, you’re allowed to say “never” when you can run a thousand body simulation of a star cluster in your head. Reverse Turing Shazam!) whether this will actually hurt video poker machines. Hm, well seeing how they casinos still seem to rack in the mullah with their slot machines, probably not.